It would be understandable if the Apex AP-0 had a bit of an identity issue. It looks as if it resembles Sweden’s Koenigsegg. It will be built by a company based in Hong Kong, but in the U.K. And it will be sold in the U.S. So, you’ll have to pardon this car if it’s a bit unsure of its origins. One thing it’s not unsure of, however, is its performance. The Apex AP-0 is a lightweight electric sports car weighing only 2,645 pounds with a rear-wheel drive system built around a single motor that produces 649 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque.
Apex plans to make 500 AP-0s a year from its UK manufacturing facility. Production will start in late 2022. When production does start, the car will be made available in the United States as well as other markets around the world. The car is projected to cost $195,000.
The AP-0 has a longitudinal vane that runs the length of the car from the front to the back, bringing to mind the Swedish supercar, the Koenigsegg. The two-seat coupe uses carbon fibre for its underlying structure as well as for the bodywork. Nestled into that carbon fibre structure is a 1,213-pound lithium-ion battery with a charge of 90.0 kWh. That much power grants the car a range of up to 320 miles according to the European WLTP testing protocol. The gull-wing doors lift up to reveal a red interior that Apex describes as “clean and simple.” The AP-0 sits low to the road with just 3.7 inches of ground clearance.
The single electric motor turns the rear axle, delivering all the horsepower and torque to the rear wheels. Apex claims that the AP-0 can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds and that it has a top speed of 190 miles per hour. The brakes are six-pot calipers on carbon-ceramic discs. Additionally, the AP-o reportedly has LiDAR sensors that build an augmented reality 3D image to better scan the road around you. According to Apex, this holographic driver-assist feature “accurately identify potential hazards, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles”.
Set aside the confusion of where this car comes from, and you’ll see an electric vehicle that is ready to take on any supercar.